As conditions across the Central West continue to deteriorate with below average rainfall forecast for the next three months, informed decision making is vital.
During drought conditions it is important to understand the energy requirements of livestock according Central West Local Land Services District Vet Hanna Thomas.
Quality feed is important and under the current conditions that can mean significant financial investment. Feed tests are encouraged to provide an accurate reading of the energy levels of feed, allowing producers to understand exactly what they are paying for and feeding their stock.
‘Things are tight for producers. It’s important that they have a clear understanding of the cost of feeding stock so they can make an informed decision about if or when to sell,” Hanna said
Central West Local Land Services have partnered with RaynerAg and Landcare to roll out a series of free workshops to assist producers in the decision-making process.
The workshops will look at planning a cash flow budget to readjust strategies on feeding or selling for the remainder of 2018, resource budget of feed and water and resetting key trigger points for livestock. Visit centralwestlls.nsw.gov.au for more information.